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1. Worked the night shift at a shady motel. Was overlooking the security cameras and spotted a guy breaking into a truck. I called the cops. While on the phone with them, I witnessed the owner of the truck confront the man. The man got all stabby with the owner and got him pretty good in the gut. Stabby takes off so I go out to render aid to the owner of the truck while the authorities came. Once the paramedics took over I called my boss who tells me not to give the cops any testimony or access to the cameras. I did the opposite of this, because my boss was a major asshole anyway.
2. Lie to customers to lure them into what was basically a scam.
The job was “technical customer support”, we were supposed to help people with real problems, turned more and more into a sales job with the problem-solving being an important sidetone.
“Oh the phone you received doesn’t work? Well I’m sorry, here, have this crap that will cost you money after a month for free. No I don’t have time to solve your issue Sir, I have another customer. Please try turning it off and on again. Bye.”
3. I teach a college class that’s part of the core curriculum and where you’re required to get at least a C (73%) to pass. If you get a C- or D, you have to retake the class.
The head of the department told us that if a student is getting a C- or D we should just go ahead and give them an F to avoid dealing with them asking to have their grade adjusted up to a C.
4. To withhold the pay of new employees without telling them. He planned on giving it to them after 12 months so that they would stay with the company. But failed to tell them that before they were hired.
5. Photoshop tires of a tractor (one tire is worth about 3000€ ($3,500USD) so they look demolished and the boss could get a second set of tires for free.
6. We were going through a major renovation. I am talking over a million dollar renovation.
We had strays and they were never a problem, however at the time we were getting by just barely…
Some wonderful person dumps a cat i.e. leaves it outside in a carrier near the front door.
My boss asked me to take the cat out back and let it loose (as in let it become a street cat).
I couldn’t do it.
7. Worked in clothing retail. Some of our jeans were found to contain carcinogenic dye, and we had to box them up and put them in the back room until we could send them away. No problem. We put away like, four, maybe five boxes.
Almost a year goes by and those jeans are still out there. Finally head office sends through a list of instructions on how to label them in order to send them away. Thing is, the instructions are really sketchy. They weren’t sent using the official HO email, and they explicitly tell us not to inform the delivery driver what is in the boxes, that we can’t use the usual delivery labels we use, and not to write anything about ‘RECALL’ or ‘HAZARD’ or anything of the sort on the box.
Anyway, delivery driver rocks up and he immediately knows what’s up because we aren’t using the labels we’re meant to be using. He tells us he can’t take the boxes, and we say fine. We’re casuals. The boxes sit there a bit longer and our area administrator gets on us to force the delivery guy to take the boxes.
I do a little research. Carcinogenic jeans aren’t meant to be transported in the regular delivery truck, our company has got to pay for a different service because they’re classed as hazardous material. The company wanted to save money on the products they’d already lost money on by sending it through the regular delivery channels.
Eventually the area administrator had to come in and pick them up himself. I wish I had told the delivery driver so he could’ve reported the company to his company.
8. Owner of restaurant had me (dishwasher) and a line cook break into another employees residence to look for stolen items from the restaurant. Search came back negative… Years later we found out the their was the salad girl. She had boxes of plates in her trunk.
9. Many years ago I worked for a bank that was at the time having a big expansion of ATMs into small shops, we had a database that worked out where those on low incomes were most likely, how close other machines were etc then put in small notes and charged a higher rate for transactions. In more affluent areas there wasn’t a charge at all.
I was supposed to be the one who decided which charged and which didn’t to basically screw the poor.
10. I worked at a coffee shop where the owner said in a meeting that we were to kick out any homeless people. I wanted to clarify (for the newer staff there) and said, “just the ones that hang around all night and don’t buy anything, if they want to buy a coffee and warm up it’s fine.”
No, she wanted us to kick out anyone who looked homeless because it didn’t look good having them in the store, even if they wanted to buy something.
My store kept serving our regulars, regardless of where they had to sleep at night.
11. I program and install robots and other machines used in factories. Though not my employer, the number of customers requesting safety features be removed is astounding. No, you can’t operate the robot at normal operating speed with the guard doors open. It can crush someone in the blink of an eye, literally.
It isn’t just international countries with lax worker protection laws. Safety in alot of US factories is often overlooked for efficiency’s sake.
12. In the pet store, I told my manager that a young rabbit had a runny nose. She told me to put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer.
The rabbit would have to be quarantined for a week, during which it couldn’t be sold, and we’d have to feed it and give it a dollar or so worth of antibiotics. On the other hand, if it died within thirty days of our purchasing it, the distributor would refund our money or replace the rabbit for free.
I refused. I later found the rabbit in the freezer. I quit the pet store and now sell guns for a living. My coworkers, customers, and employers are much better people than anyone I ever met in the pet industry.
13. Worked in a restaurant. A server dropped a plate of food, my boss saw and made her pick it all up, put it on a new plate and serve it.
14. Was told that If the name on the resumé doesn’t sound white, just throw it out.
15. Not really unethical, but when I was a call receiver for AAA emergency roadside service we had a script we had to read for every call. In this script, it would offer ‘suggestions’ based on what type of service was being requested. Need a tire change, we were made to offer to bring you to a local mechanic to sell you new tires.
I would frequently get a talking to because my call times were ‘too short’. I am sorry, I thought these people were calling because they are broke down somewhere and need emergency service, not a fucking sales spiel. Especially when they started the call with “My cell is about to die, please help”
I quit 2 weeks shy of a year. That was a stressful environment.
16. Sell a $1500 furnace (installation included) for $5000 to a old lady because she’ll never know she’s being ripped off.
Funny side note, that guy is in jail for money laundering and embezzlement now.
17. I was working for a digital marketing company once upon a time. I headed up the AdWords and Analytics department, so I had a pretty good amount of responsibility. I worked on the accounts of literally all our clients.
I’m an attractive lady. One day, a potential client was going to stop by. My boss wanted to impress him, so made me sit at the front desk and pretend to be the secretary.
18. At a job interview I was asked, “How would you rate your comfort level with breaking the law?”. I said, “I don’t know – 1, zero – whatever the lowest option is. I’m not going to do it.” That was the end of the interview.
19. Ugh. I had a boss who asked me to start interviewing new applicants, “but no more women…” he said. He seemed to even struggle with the concept that his request would be illegal.
20. I used to deliver furniture. I wasn’t asked to do something just unethical, it was straight illegal. We were regularly asked to do deliveries well beyond the time the DOT said we were allowed to be in the truck. I finally printed off several copies of the laws and would hand them to the managers anytime they asked.
I found out after I left they had the new crew work something like a 37 hour shift. Driving a box truck. They’re lucky no one ever died.
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